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What’s Next To The Moon – Mark Kozelek

Mark Kozelek What's Next To The Moon

What’s Next To The Moon

(2001), 6/10
The AC/DC covers on Rock and Roll Singer were accomplished, so it’s not surprising that the Kozelek dedicated an entire album to reworkings. All ten tracks on What’s Next To The Moon are drawn from the Bon Scott 1970s era of AC/DC, and are recorded solo on acoustic guitar with minimal overdubs. Like the interpretations on Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer, these songs feature completely rewritten melodies.

his treatment provides an interesting insight into the relationship between lyrics and arrangements; stripped of their hard rock bluster and transported into gentle folk tunes, the woman-conquering, hard-living lyrics become poignant and pleading rather than brash and arrogant. ‘Bad Boy Boogie’ wasn’t that impressive on Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer, but here it’s transported into a higher and more vulnerable pitch, which makes all the difference, the lines “I tell you a story/It ain’t no lie/I was born to love till the day I die” beautiful and affecting in a way you’d never expect an AC/DC composition to be. The bluesy title track helps to break up what could otherwise be an overly uniform record, although plenty of the low key folk tunes like ‘Love At First Feel’ and ‘Love Hungry Man’ are just plain gorgeous.

What’s Next To The Moon is a little too samey to rank among Kozelek’s best work, but it’s a tight and concise record.

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